Francesca's Intimo

4.6
1539 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Francesca’s Intimo opened in early 2001 and is the 11th restaurant in the Francesca's Restaurant Group, bringing downtown Lake Forest a restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.

About the Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1539 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite the cold weather there were plenty of heaters and appropriate social distancing. Another outstanding experience at Francesca’s

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RosaC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Restaurant was a very nice one and the Guy who took care of Us was very nice and attentive . Highly recommended by both, my husband and I. Coconut 🥥 Cake! Outstanding!

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vipZivile
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a great go to in town!

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dennism
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent! Thank you so much for a wonderful evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again a fabulous meal at Francesca’s. Everything was fresh and healthy, very COVID conscious and safe. A Lake Forest gem.

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vippcsk8
Chicago
250 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chef cooked the salmon exactly as requested especially because the waiter reiterated my rare request.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside. Plenty of heaters - no overhead protection in case of rain. Good ambiance and food. We had the calamari and carpaccio- always tasty. This is one of our go-to places.

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phoebe
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service with no waiting. Not noisey and easy to talk. Very delicious food.....

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vipjjshig
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food with unparalleled service! Will make your favorite even if not on the menu! Fantastic experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waited too long to be seated for a 6pm reservation (checked in before 6pm) but once seated, it was fabulous. Food excellent, service excellent and a beautiful early Fall evening.
My sister is going back on chemo next week so we’re trying to get some good meals in before she loses her appetite again..

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vipNGKG
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good outside dining venu. Food and service were excellent

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viprichardm
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great value excellent food

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vipLaurieR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

all wonderful

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dennism
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal we had was delicious. The waiter went above and beyond to provide great service. Thanks!

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vipJATH
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Good food but server did not engage whatsoever. He never asked if we wanted a 2nd cocktail which was frustrating as it was my husband's bday and we would have. We have had him before with the same issues. Masks are tough; I know. But it is definitely a loss of potential revenue for the restaurant. But was nice to receive a complimentary profiterole dessert in his honor. Thanks for that.

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DianeS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They have made a great outdoor dinning area. Food is still amazing. Even new things on the menu. Always happy to dine here.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Consistently good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience3

The kitchen was slow and our food was quite delayed

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vipChitowngirl
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go there quite often and our experience has been great. Food delicious and outside dining delightful.

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vipGinz
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were exceptional

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vipLivelifegr8
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful fresh made authentic yummy food, nice and attentive staff, lovely ambiance!

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vipSparky
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

I ordered the chicken thighs which we’re supposed to be boneless per our server but were not. They happily replaced the dish with boneless ones and ultimately didn’t charge me for them and for that I’m very appreciative. However the dish was barely edible and the chicken was tough and rubbery. The meatball appetizer was delicious. Unfortunately several of my past meals have been hit or miss which sadly differs from the past several years of consistently excellent dining experiences

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vipRegularCitizen
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Regular diners here, we had a bad night as my guest had a terrible stomach reaction after our dinner. So disappointed I doubt I’ll return for a while however I’m putting in a huge grain of salt; we are fond of this restaurant bc it’s local, nearby & have had terrific meals there previously.
We are living in truly challenging times & the staff & servers are doing their very best they can given the state restrictions for COVID-19.

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vipOle2
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great neighborhood outdoor dining service always excellent great cocktails and wine choices

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viprichardm
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waitress good size portions

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StephanieS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wait staff was extremely polite and caring.

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vippcsk8
Chicago
250 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My salmon was cooked exactly as ordered. They made my husband’s pasta with his preferred noodle.

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CindyR
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dependable quality and service. Francesca's Intimo does a commendable job with extended patio service during Covid distancing.

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vipDisappointed
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food and service were great. Be careful about outdoor dining. Table in sun on hot day is unpleasant.

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phoebe
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Metal chairs were very uncomfortable and they needed cushions to sit on.

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DiannM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I took a friiend oout for Sunday brunch however the menu did not include any brunch items

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vipJanineGM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal and when the skies turned grey and we needed to move to a table with an umbrella they were very accommodating and made it happen. We LOVE Francescas Intimo it is one of our favorite go to places for a marvelous meal

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LauraH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor lunch spot. Nice breeze off of the lake. Service could have been better. I had to call inside the restaurant to get our server to check on us. We needed cheese, spoons, water. They were not as available as they have been in the past. Food was plentiful and excellent

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vipDennisR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent.

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vipRobertM
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

patio seating working out so well ... staff were very mindful of Covid precautions.

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Doree
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service was great & the ambiance was perfect! Going back in August for another birthday celebration.

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Fran
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The restaurant manager was not very professional, he sat in the section next to us with his dinner and treated the personnel very poorly, loudly and disturbing clients.
Our waitress was great and very gracious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat out on the patio and had great food and service!

FAQs

Francesca's Intimo does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Francesca's Intimo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 735-9235.

Francesca's Intimo is rated 4.6 stars by 1539 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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